The Spiritual discipline implicit in the telling of sacred stories rests in narrative theology. This unit considers performance, contemplative listening and story telling tools of memory and recollection. These tools will be developed and applied, drawing on a repertoire of sacred narratives, sacred texts and poetry drawn from major religious traditions. Students will engage in reflective practice within the process of story selection and application to context. The unit addresses performance skills, contemplative listening and tools for storytelling from memory. There will be the opportunity to apply these tools in field work and in-class storytelling. Attention will be paid to verbal and non-verbal elements, building students’ confidence and capacity to create storytelling events and engage their audiences.

Unit code: DE1001P

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Education Studies

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Identify appropriate passages from Christian scripture and other sources and convey their meaning in small and large groups.


Identify and apply learning practices in kinaesthetic, visual and auditory modes to map and recall stories.


Develop a critical awareness of context and appropriate choice of story material for audience engagement.


Understand how to modulate for different audiences and contexts in vocal delivery and non-verbal communication


Recognise within existing texts the language elements that work for memorability and audience connection.


Live demonstration Performance practice Video demonstration Lecture/tutorial Models rubrics Action reflection

Indicative Bibliography

  • Armstrong, Karen. A Short history of Myth. Melbourne: Text, 2005.
  • Bausch, William. Storytelling Imagination and Faith. Mystic: Twenty third publications, 1986.
  • Boomershine, Thomas. Story Journey, an Invitation to the Gospel as Storytelling. Nashville: Abingdon, 1998.
  • Cathcart, Michael and Darian-Smith, Kate, eds. Stirring Australian Speeches. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2004.
  • Crossan, John Dominic. The Dark Interval, Towards a Theology of Story. Farmington: Polebridge, 1988.
  • Kelly, Lynne. The Memory Code. Sydney: Allen and Unwin, 2016.
  • O’Brien, Dominic. Learn to Remember. London: Duncan Baird, 2009.
  • Ong, Walter. Orality and Literacy, the Technologizing of the Word. London: Routledge, 1982.
  • Ramsden, Ashley and Hollingsworth, Sue. The Storyteller’s Way. Stroud: Hawthorn Press, 2013.
  • Silf, Margaret. One Hundred Wisdom Stories. Oxford: Lion, 2011.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Storytelling Event in context (field work) Field Work Report outlining story selection, rehearsal notes, preparation of space, self evaluation includes photos, sound/video recording 1500 words

1500 40.0

Report – review storytelling performance using rubric 1000 words

1000 10.0
Oral Presentation

15 mins oral presentation from memory equivalent 750 words 2 examiners and video/audio recordings

750 25.0
Oral Presentation

15 mins oral presentation from memory equivalent 750 words 2 examiners and video/audio recordings

750 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 29 Oct, 2016

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-30 19:16:45 +1100